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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
NEWS
FIRST RESPONDERS

Scottsdale Fire Department promotes 6 to captain

Six Scottsdale firefighters have been promoted to the rank of captain. The department announced that Blake Miller, Marc Hill, Brian Shedlock, Mike Orin, James Cashion and Nick Pajic will take over …
Community

$1 million donation will help Scottsdale railroad park provide cooler options

Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park received a much-needed financial boost on June 22 — a $1 million donation by the Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society. The money …
Crime

Human trafficking: It’s happening in our backyard

The issue of human trafficking in Arizona is just as damaging as fentanyl, but far less talked about, one Valley police chief says. “The amount of attention that is garnered around the …
FIRST RESPONDERS

Scottsdale detectives seize drugs, guns, cash

Two separate traffic stops last week by Scottsdale Police Department detectives led to the seizure of 31 pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs, police announced Wednesday. According to …
Emancipation Day

Thousands descend on Scottsdale’s Juneteenth celebration

Thousands of people attended the Scottsdale Community Juneteenth Celebration to recognize the sesquicentennial event June 19, which marks the 150th anniversary from when the last remaining enslaved in the United States were finally told they were free from centuries of enslavement.
STATE BUDGET

Scottsdale senator votes against state budget, calls approved spending plan unsound

PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature approved a bipartisan $18 billion spending plan early Thursday that will make substantial investments in public schools, build new highways and pay down …
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SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Cantor: Our job as voters

As I have said before, I am an Independent voter. My late husband and I registered as a member of the Republican Party and one as a member of the Democratic Party. We wanted to get the propaganda …

Whitehead: Retaining Scottsdale staff is a top priority

The Scottsdale City Council must juggle many priorities to protect our constituents and safeguard Scottsdale. The city budget is the tool council uses to turn priorities into action. In 2020, I …

Kush: Councilwoman Caputi did the right thing

In a recent city council meeting, Councilwoman Tammy Caputi exercised her responsibilities as a Scottsdale Council person by questioning the motives and qualifications of several applicants for …

Christ: Rise in poor mental health requires better detection, increased access

Mental health is an important part of our overall health and wellbeing. COVID-19 has exacerbated mental illness, and the recent tragedies around the nation have all pushed mental health further into …

Kenny: The importance of water safety rules

The temperatures are rising in Arizona, reaching record highs. And as the weather gets warmer, many parents are escaping the heat and taking their children for a swim. Sadly, according to reports, …

Graham: Listening to residents isn’t enough

Every candidate running for City Council says that if elected, they will “listen” to residents. We have heard that before, only to be disappointed after they were elected. I …

Manross: I'm proud to support Whitehead

Do you know who you will vote for in the Scottsdale City Council election on Aug. 2? I will be supporting Councilwoman Solange Whitehead. I am proud to, once again, chair her campaign. Here are …

Fishman: A candidate without ideas or experience

I have carefully read City Council candidate Barry Graham’s website, listened to his questions and comments at Planning Commission hearings, and reviewed third party interviews and comments …

Janik: Water is the lifeblood of the desert southwest

While the water shortage in Valley cities is not yet critical, it is certainly in serious condition. The Colorado River, which supplies water to over 50% of Arizona’s population and about …
Mayor David D. Ortega, January 2021

Mayor Ortega: Historic drought necessitates tangible infrastructure investments

Severe drought on the Colorado River Basin is extremely serious and needs the attention of everyone in Arizona. As the mayor of Scottsdale, I encourage my fellow mayors in the Phoenix …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION

Scottsdale Unified assesses remaining emergency grants

As the school year comes to a close across the Valley, districts are gathering their end-of-year data to engage in discussion of what’s to come in the upcoming 2023-24 school year, specifically …
Scottsdale Unified School District plans to open middle and high schools for in-person instruction on Jan. 19.

Scottsdale Unified task force seeks added support in special education

Exploring the possibilities where Scottsdale Unified School District could improve its special education offerings, the special education task force has worked with community stakeholders to find …
From left, Justin Crowder, Desert Financial Foundation board member, Cathy Graham, Desert Financial Credit Union executive vice president, Lillian Rose Mueller, $7,500 community service scholarship recipient, and Tom Marlowe, Desert Financial Credit Union senior vice president of operations.

Scottsdale’s Mueller receives Desert Financial Foundation Scholarship

Lilian Rose Mueller, of Scottsdale, received a $7,500 community service scholarship from Desert Financial Foundation.
Scottsdale residents George and Gina Jenkins (above) will establish a $1 million scholarship for underprivileged students at Kent State University.

Scottsdale residents establish $1 million student-athlete scholarship

Scottsdale residents George and Gina Jenkins have pledged $1 million to create the Gina and George Jenkins Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund that will support student-athletes in any varsity athletics program or team sponsored by Kent State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Scottsdale Unified School District will hold its special 6 p.m., April 12, Governing Board meeting at Mohave District Annex, 8500 E. Jackrabbit Road and virtually.

Scottsdale Unified approves stipend for substitute teachers

In supporting teachers employed by the district in any capacity, Scottsdale Unified School District has approved a retention stipend for permanent substitutes who were employed during the 2021-22 …
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors
Fundraiser

Philanthropists Debbie Gaby, Kathryn Pidgeon to co-chair Brainiac Bash 2023

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona has announced that Valley philanthropist Debbie Gaby and lawyer Kathryn Pidgeon of Pidgeon and Hill PC are the co-chairpersons for the organization’s 2023 …
Contest

2 Scottsdale residents among OdySea Aquarium’s art challenge winners

Congratulations to 5-year-old Connor Macleod and 10-year-old Hailey Hardenbrook from Scottsdale for their winning art entries in OdySea Aquarium’s second annual “Party for the …
Neighbors

Scottsdale native serves aboard USS Annapolis

A Scottsdale native is serving aboard the USS Annapolis, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.
Neighbors

Scottsdale resident publishes second memoir

Brooks Goldmann Publishing recently launched author Earl L. Goldmann’s newest memoir, “Intestinal Fortitude” to the public at the Desert Foothills Book Festival in Scottsdale.

TGen’s Runway for Research fashion show tickets on sale

The second Runway for Research, a fashion show and fundraising event, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The event is to support …
Business

DMB Associates, the developers behind DC Ranch and numerous other communities across the Phoenix metropolitan area, announced that construction has started, and activity is thriving on the next …

Applications are now being accepted for the 36th annual Sterling Awards celebration to be held on Nov. 18, at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale.
B&B Cocktail Lounge, created by Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts, opened its doors on Wednesday, June 22, at 4222 N. Scottsdale Road. The new lounge is by the creators of steakhouse …
Arizona Oncology, one of the largest cancer centers in the state with more than 70 physicians, has opened its newest location at 8415 N. Pima Road, suite 165, Scottsdale. The practice, joining …
Scottsdale Entertainment
"Move” by Taylor James is among the artworks featured in “Designed to Move,” opening July 7 at Civic Center Public Gallery.

New Scottsdale Arts exhibition highlights Arizona’s smallest beauty

Scottsdale Public Art will host the “Designed to Move: Seeds That Float, Fly or Hitchhike through the Desert Southwest” exhibition from July 7 through Sept. 30, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

Scottsdale Polo Championships hits the field at WestWorld of Scottsdale Nov. 5

America’s Greatest Polo Party — The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, presented by the Talking Stick Resort, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5, to WestWorld of Scottsdale for another …
Hole-in-the-Rock, the rock formation that looms over the Phoenix Zoo in Papago Park, is popular with both tourists and locals for its ease of access and view of the Valley.

Hole-in-the-Rock: Simple but significant Phoenix hike

Sitting in the shade on the cool stone of Hole-in-the-Rock, you wouldn’t know it’s a 105-degree Fahrenheit June afternoon in Arizona. Hole-in-the-Rock is a 5-to-10-minute, easy, short …

NASA lands new display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West announced June 15 the addition of an educational exhibit kiosk from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, called Observing With NASA (OWN), …
A food truck event is set for Friday, June 17 at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church.

Food truck event upcoming at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church

North Scottsdale United Methodist Church invites families to celebrate the best of food truck cuisine! The community is invited to NSUMC for a Food Truck Party Evening event on Friday, June 17 from …
Owner/curator, Nicole Royse selected artists who create powerful work through their medium, and unique perspectives.

‘Reality Versus Imagination’ exhibit extends through June 26

Royse Contemporary has announced the extension of the group exhibition examining ideas of reality and imagination, “Reality versus Imagination,” through June 26.

Summer Fridays at Scottsdale Quarter launches June 10

Starting Friday, June 10 -- and every Friday until Aug. 12 --  Summer Fridays will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Scottsdale Quarter Quad.
The Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre visits the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Saturday for a 20-minute celebration of Juneteenth.

Theater company commemorates Juneteenth at Civic Center Library

The Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre will celebrate Juneteenth  from 2 p.m. until 2:20 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in the Civic Center Library,  3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The …

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts announces 2022, 2023 season

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a fresh lineup for its 2022- 2023 season, filled with concerts and performances for a wide range of tastes, featuring everything from …

Scottsdale resort celebrates international yoga day June 21

Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows, partnering with YogaSix, invite hotel guests and locals to celebrate International Yoga Day with a complimentary, sunrise yoga class on Tuesday, June 21.
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